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September 1, 2016 4:45 pm

UCLA Student President Leaves Law School Over BDS Harassment; Blasts College for Capitulation to Anti-Israel Movement (INTERVIEW)

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Milan Chatterjee. Photo: Facebook.

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The capitulation of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has set a “dangerous precedent” for the further harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students, a former UCLA student leader, who recently left the university due to BDS pressure, told The Algemeiner on Thursday.

Milan Chatterjee, a third-year law student and now former UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA) president, spoke with The Algemeiner a day after his public announcement that he was leaving the school due to the “hostile and unsafe campus climate” fostered by BDS groups and the UCLA administration.

“It is very scary how BDS activists will go to any measure to destroy people’s reputations and careers,” Chatterjee told The Algemeiner. “UCLA should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to take action, and rather joining in the harassment I endured by BDS groups. I am not the first student nor will I be the last.”

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In a sharply worded letter addressed to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block last week, Chatterjee said that he had “no choice” but to leave the school due to the relentless attacks, bullying and harassment he suffered at the hands of BDS groups and activists.

Chatterjee wrote:

UCLA is one of the finest universities in the world. It is unfortunate, indeed, that your administration has not only allowed BDS organizations and student activists to freely engage in intimidation of students who do not support the BDS agenda, but has decided to affirmatively engage in discriminatory practices of its own against those same students. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, the fact is that the UCLA campus has become a hostile and unsafe environment for students, Jewish students and non-Jewish, who choose not to support the BDS movement, let alone support the state of Israel.

As reported by The Algemeiner, Chatterjee — who is Indian-American and a Hindu — became the focus of a four-month investigation by the UCLA Discrimination Prevention Office (DPO) for distributing GSA funds for a November 2015 diversity event based on a stipulation that the event not officially associate itself with the BDS movement and the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter. 

The stipulation, Chatterjee told The Algemeiner, was accepted by all parties involved, including “five administrators who knew before the event and never expressed any problems.”

“Everyone knew about the stipulation from the very beginning,” he said. “I even received explicit approval. Yet, when SJP made it political, they scapegoated me.” 

Over the course of the investigation, BDS groups began a “deadly, malicious campaign against me,” Chatterjee said. “They wrote defamatory articles in the media, circulated petitions and tried to remove me as GSA president three times. A lot of venom was spread around campus against me.”

The DPO investigation concluded that Chatterjee — who said he was maintaining the GSA’s unanimous “zero engagement/endorsement policy” towards supporting any BDS-related organizations — “violated University policy requiring viewpoint neutrality,” and accused him of concocting the “zero engagement” policy.

The result of the investigation, Chatterjee told The Algemeiner, was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“The report is a clear cover-up by the UCLA administration for its own mishandling of the situation. They chose to scapegoat me and it is disappointing that a university would act this way,” he said, adding that he felt “very threatened personally and professionally.”

Making matters worse, the DPO report, which included a confidentiality and retaliation clause, was “very openly leaked by SJP on the internet,” Chatterjee said, attracting even greater harassment from BDS activists.

“I filed a complaint with the office of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Jerry Kang, who took zero action and refused to investigate,” he told The Algemeiner. “Then, astonishingly, Kang went and wrote on his blog about the report and gave people access to it by redirecting readers. This is very disturbing behavior and shows a double standard at play at UCLA. If SJP files a complaint, they will bend over backwards. If it’s anyone else, they don’t care.”

Chatterjee — who will be completing his final year of law school at New York University (NYU) — said the entire ordeal has been “very stressful” and has taken a “huge toll” on himself and his family.

“I am leaving many close friends behind at UCLA and the LA community, which I formed a very strong connection with, particularly the Jewish community, which has been very supportive,” he said. “I am having to pay a lot of more money to go to NYU Law School and am essentially being forced to pay a financial premium for my education. My parents have been very supportive because they’ve come to realize that UCLA has become an unsafe place. Thankfully, they are willing to help me in taking on a huge financial expense.”

While Chatterjee said he is in the process of pursuing an internal discrimination grievance against UCLA, “it has crossed my mind to go to court,” he told The Algemeiner. “I called on UCLA to rescind or, at the very least, amend the report. UCLA has been absolutely non-responsive and if they keep this up, I will have no choice but to consider my legal options. It is very sad that a student needs to use legal options to work with their university.”

While Chatterjee said he was shocked to become a target of the BDS movement, the entire ordeal has “made me sympathize with the Jewish student body and how unsafe the campus climate is towards them, especially at UCLA,” he stated.

“The Jewish students I know are some of the nicest, hardworking, most cultured people I’ve ever met,” he said. “They come to college to celebrate their heritage and are instead targeted because of their faith and culture, which is ridiculous. The fact that the UCLA administration joins them [the instigators] is even more shameful.”

Chatterjee also expressed his thanks to the Jewish community for the support he has received. “I am absolutely grateful for the support from groups like the American Jewish Committee, the Louis D. Brandeis Center, the Israeli-American Council and the Simon Wiesenthal Center,” he said, adding that over the past 24 hours, since news broke of his exit from UCLA, he has received a “stream of messages from people around the world expressing their solidarity.”

UCLA did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment on Chatterjee’s decision. 

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  • John Smith

    Jewish radicals and leftist academics have encouraged these little monsters for decades now and have propagandized for mass immigration, against “white privilege” etc and so on. Now that the little monsters are turning on israel – now you’re unhappy.

  • Da.city

    Where is the ACLU? So it’s ok to be an ignorant liberal bigot ? You are tolerant of all,except males, whites, people of faith, straights and people here legally. No wonder people are so sick of this institutionalized hypocrisy!

  • http://www.thenewspaper.ca/news/rotbergs-first-degree-burn

    And see my book, Tolerism: The Ideology Revealed

  • As a manager of the Aktionsforum Israel I monitor the activities of BDS in Germany and Europe together with our 1500 members.
    As such we need to add some information about BDS which we are missing here.
    BDS actions and targets:
    -Full stop of the control by Israel of goods entering Gaza=enabling Hamas to obtain weapons and rockets, and starting the next war.
    -BDS boycotts new settlements (Rawabi) built for Palestinians in the West bank as they say due to the “danger” of normalization.
    -BDS cooperates in Germany with PFLP which is a Palestinian organization listed in Europe and the USA as a terrorist organization.
    -BDS support what they call the Palestinian resistance, attacking Jews with knives cars guns etc.
    BDS is not a peace seeking organization.
    BDS is not only against Israel.
    BDS is not only against Jews.
    BDS is also against Palestinians.
    BDS is against peace.
    BDS is a destructive movement.

  • As a proud alumnus of NYU School of Law, I wish Mr. Chatterjee welcome! I think and hope that you will find NYU and its students more open to multiple viewpoints than the schools on the west coast.

  • Lulu asedian

    Go to Uc in india!!!

  • With all respect to Mr. Chatterjee, a few things stand out to me as particularly troublesome: first, in distributing funds, stipulating that “the event should not officially associate itself with the BDS movement and the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter” in and of itself implies engagement with Pro-Israel groups/sentiments & indeed discriminates against student organizations with different political opinions. It is ironical that this statement is defended to abide by a “zero engagement/neutrality” policy, because excluding specific student organizations due to their beliefs is the definition of discrimination. He could replace school’s SJP chapter with any other group, as UCLA Jewish/Muslim Law Students Associations, and just like excluding them from funding would be discriminating against their beliefs; discriminating against students in SJP, etc has the same implications. Why have this statement to begin with? This statement contains the fact that funds can be assigned to students with other political beliefs, just not those who agree with BDS. Also, some statements appear childish and not up to par with what you’d expect from a law student, for instance, “when SJP made it political, they scapegoated me,” the stipulation was unusual, unnecessary, discriminatory and hugely political to begin with, no one made it political, it already was, someone just noticed it & brought it to attention of the administration.

    There are so many other immature statements in this article..”The Jewish students I know are some of the nicest, hardworking, most cultured people I’ve ever met,” he said. “They come to college to celebrate their heritage and are instead targeted because of their faith and culture,”
    By saying Jewish, aren’t you now implying that all others, or those in BDS are not hardworking/cultured/ worthy to be there? Being one-sided to anything does not create an inclusive environment, which a university should be.
    To me, his statements make it seem like he really has some personal bias against specific groups that translated into his professional role, which is discriminatory & unprofessional. In addition, BDS is not against faith/culture, as he himself mentions- it is political.

    This is my opinion as a student who regularly applies for funding and organizes regular events in a post-secondary institution, and having a clause as this is outright discriminatory, it would be good if he just owned up to it and move on. I do not agree with the throwing around of the investigation results, unless they were meant to be public to begin with, which is a case a lot of times. I have sympathy for his ordeal, but as students, perhaps this could have been handled better by him- by accepting it as a lesson in professionalism, in what it means to foster inclusive spaces, in maturing as a person & accepting opinions different from one’s own. These characteristics, to me seem pertinent to have, especially as a law student.

    • Josh

      And there ya go! Nice little bullying you got in there, “Leah.” Of course Chatterjee opposed SJP, as they are the ISIS Neo Nazis of today. They are not equivalent to other student groups. SJP is a racist, violent organization. No one should support them much less allow them to exist among civilized people.

  • Mike placentra

    Where was his “safe space?” Or are the only available to the robots who parrot the drivel pounded into their heads by the programming elite? Colleges and universities have always been hotbeds for radicalism, but now they have also become the primary means through which to push agenda…it’s despicable how these students are being indoctrinated…

  • Bonnie Kaplan

    Kudos to Chatterjee — we need heroes who stand up for justice. I’m sure he will be a wonderful lawyer, but I’m so sorry he had to endure these attacks. I hope it hardens his resolve to do what is right, and he can continue to be a force for justice in the future.

  • Alex G

    The Green Prince, Son of Hamas should address all these BDassers by satellite and put an end to this nonsense with one presentation…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Aul3CW6gY

  • Heidi Rechteger

    He’s unfortunately in for a rude awakening. The SJP is very strong at NYU, including the Law School, and students who support Israel are not comfortable there, either.

  • It’s always been the case these many decades that when people asked where I got my Ph.D, I’d respond with restrained pride, UCLA. Now if I’m asked, I’ll still say UCLA. But in my heart I feel ashamed and regret my association with that disreputable place.

  • Skyman

    I have always maintained being older that the problem most Jews are having in the Galut(I do not)is that of being cutie pie liberals. The student at UCLA and everywhere need to militarize themselves and truly bust some Muslim heads Otherwise they will have any respect. It seems that Jews are always yucking and talking about the higher moral ground that they occupy that has not served well for two thousand years and is not serving well now. As an Israeli born American I’ve shed those idiotic self victimization ideology a long time ago. You get no respect by being a complaining permanent victim.

  • Susan

    The problem with this whole scenario is that if all the Jewish and non-Jewish students who are harassed by BDS feel their only option is to leave college, then BDS wins. BDS is probably already counting it as a victory that Mr. Chatterjee left UCLA, and that will only encourage them to step up the pressure and harassment to force other students out. It is a very frightening situation indeed.

  • Aliza

    Time for Jews to stop funding campuses where BDS is thriving.

    Malcolm Gladwell has a series of podcasts he calls Revisionist History. He has a sequence of three podcasts that explore endowments to higher education. They are episodes 04, 05 and 06.

    Jews who want to donate to higher education would be wise to educate themselves with what Gladwell has to say.

    The best way to capitalize on educational potential is not done by giving to schools that already have large endowments. There are plenty of places to give, where the money is used much more efficiently.

    It is time for Jewish donors to stop donating to colleges that have BDS. When giving a voluntary donation, you can choose where your money goes according to your own values.

    It would be nice to do a campaign in the name of Milan Chatterjee.

    Campuses have been supportive of BDS under a variety of names. Maybe the loss of Jewish donors will make them re-think their approach. And maybe not. But there are other schools that will benefit, and through them the nation as a whole will benefit, when those previously under funded schools will be able to better serve their students.

  • shankar krishnan

    Hi Milan, I am very happy for the principled stand you have taken against this BDS nonsense. I hope you take recourse to legal action against UCLA, though it will be a long and arduous process. It’s our collective responsibility to stand up to this hate from leftists against the jewish community. The jewish community is an asset to any nation that has the privilege of having them and it is a pity, they are facing such hate and venom in the mname of BDS.

  • Hanna

    I hope he will sue the UCLA for the tuition he will have to pay in order to keep himself safe from Islamist harassment. too many Jewish students are being harassed on U.S campuses, and are being forced to move out of public schools and pay large sums, that they cannot afford, to private colleges.
    If Muslims wrongly believe that Israel belongs to them and must be turned into an Arab Islamic state, the same way that every single country in Middle East has been invaded,and occupied by Muslims and turned into Muslim states and Arab states, if they believe it is their right to occupy the land of Jewish people and other nation’s,if their religion teaches hatred of Jews, if they see no problem with the ISIS Islamic army invading and occupying the lands of Yazidi people in Iraq, and selling Yazidi women in Islamic slave-trade business, (We have not seen any demonstration or calls for boycotts against Muslim countries who fund and support ISIS and other Islamist terrorist groups, like Saudi Arabia,Sudan,Pakistan and Iran,…etc on any U.S campus ) it does not mean that Western universities should be their military base for the war and Jihad of these Muslim states on Jews and Israel.
    Students on U.S campuses should be boycotting Muslims states and Arab states for the hatred, racism and Islamic fascism that they teach their people in the campuses of Muslim states, especially those Muslim states who pretend to be moderate Muslim states, and all the kinds of extreme apartheid they have against their non-Muslim minorities and women and children.

    • Howard Dratch

      I agree he should sue and that the Islamic States want to destroy Israel which is the raison d’être behind their ditty “Free palestine from the river to the sea…” But it is not nor will it be saved for Israel’s Jews, Druze, Christians & Muslims. The vestiges of western democratic thought are their target and the danger behind the hatred of Jews which is often the canary in the coal mine (or US campus as the case may be).

      These same Hamas/ISIS/Al Queda supporters who hide behind the BDS banner will also want to “Free America from sea to sea” and from democracy which they so loudly protest.

      This violent hatred of democratic ideals and open anti-semitism should be heavily counted in the Admissions Offices. Let the BDS haters of American values go to a trade school and, at least, learn something of value that would keep them busy.

  • Joyce kohan

    I wish I had the money to pay for this guy’s NYU tuition.

    • Mike

      I wish the best to you, Mr. Chatterjee;it is a lonely place indeed these days for those who stand up to the bullying. But I fear you will encounter the same nonsense at NYU. And please do not stop off on your way East at Antioch! BTW, these people are not “progressives.” There is an old name for the same BS, and it is “Stalinist.”

  • Ted U.

    Time to boycott UC. These anti-Semitic animals need to learn their lesson.

    • Yaakov

      Use of animal pejoratives is indicative of a lack of respect for life.

    • Eve

      Calling them animals is an insult to animals.

  • Hanna

    The situation in UCLA reminds me of the Radical Islamist atmosphere in universities all over the apartheid Islamic state of Iran. The Islamist students are always after the less religious and secular Muslim students and encouraged to attack and harass them. Most of Muslim students who get scholarships from the governments of their own native Muslim states and come to Western countries, will only get them if they prove they are radical Islamist. in Iran they have to take a religious and political ideology test in order to get these scholarships. Many Muslim students who have been raised from early childhood with extreme levels of religious anti-Jewish sentiments in their own apartheid Muslim states and racist Arab states, are trained and then being sent here with an anti-Jewish, anti-Israel agenda. they are spreading Islamist fascism in Western universities. They are abusing our democracy for the political and religious purposes of their own governments.

  • My daughter has undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCLA, which obviously has a very large Jewish enrollment. To see this great university turned on its head in this manner is personally painful to me. America’s entire higher educational complex is under assault after the influence of the hard left and the pc culture, both of which find primary bastions on campuses throughout the country. The ONLY cure for this, apart from standing up to the pc bullies at these leftist outposts and taking the beatings which will be administered, is the marketplace. Which is to say that friends of Israel (Jews and non-Jews alike) still turn out the kinds of students which top universities would want to enroll. Once these families choosing between university alternatives begin fleeing from leftist bastions with their feet then you’ll begin to see the correction. In the old days of the first half of the 20th century there were, throughout the Ivy League, explicit quotas on Jewish admissions: At THAT time the Ivies were unrivaled for prestige and social cachet. This dynamic led to the situation where rival institutions materialized. The result: today I would rather see my grandchildren go to Stanford or the University of Chicago (or Hillsdale College or Yeshiva University for that matter) than Columbia or Brown. And the marketplace resounds that sentiment which DOES mark progress of a sort. 50 years from now the academies most devoted to and captured by the pc culture will experience a similar loss/effect. I probably won’t live to see it, but I’m confident it is destined to come about.

  • Abraham

    The University of California system is indeed a hotbed of anti-Semitism and pro-Jewish sentiment. Schools like UC Irvine, Davis, Berkeley and many others are cesspools of hate. The BDS movement are fostering not only anti-Semitism, they oppose freedom of speech with heckling and disruption of speakers who are invited to campus to speak. It is part of the “left agenda” to make it uncomfortable for Jews and Christians who support Israel to be a part of their campus community. The best thing to do is to counter this movement by supporting organizations like CUFI, Canary Mission and other like them. Most of all to taking legal action against the university and organizations who support this type of behavior is the first step.

  • howiej

    I wish Mr. Chatterjee well in his studies at N.Y.U. and for the future. It is a crime what UCLA has done to him and I hope he pursues his grievances in a court of law. Every Jewish publication as well as the general press should print his letter. The public throughout the U.S. should be aware of what is going on. These anti-semitic actions should have ended with the fall of the Nazis. Let those who have previously donated to UCLA and the other universities in California reconsider future donations.

  • JarredS

    Anyone who goes these lengths to stay true to his principles deserves endless credit….Mr Milan Chatterjee I Salute You…Cheers and Good Luck….

  • JarredS

    Wherever these palestinians go they bring their baggage with them…They cause trouble,they have been kicked out of all Arab states that they have moved to..Them are well known as trouble makers….Hopefully Trump will deal with them….

  • nat cheiman

    Leave the university to BDS

  • Leslie Benjamini

    It is positively sickening that the University of California campuses have sunk to this level of bigotry & vitriol causing someone like this moral & upright young man to fear for his safety and the safety of other students, both Jewish & non Jewish to the degree that he would have to leave & go somewhere else to finish his studies. SJP is a disgusting group, they are completely un-American cutting the right of free speech & the freedom of ability to attend a place of higher education without being harassed & made to fear for your safety. They should be banned for their behavior from every campus in the country. It would be one thing if they did their thing & let others speak & assemble but only they think they have the right to speak & assemble. Everyone else gets shut down & harassed. And to make matters intolerable the Administrations go along with it & encourage it. FOR SHAME.

    • Bob Marley

      Not as sickening as the person you are Leslie.

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  • Thomasson

    UCLA is one of the finest universities in the world? Well as matters look for outsiders, it seems that UCLA is a very vulnerable institution. The tactic of bribing famous universities by Arab petro-dollars is very old. Large som of oil-money were donated by Khadaffi to the London School of Economics and others https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/mar/07/universities-linked-to-libya-gaddafi It is also well known that Saudi-Arabia and the Emirates buy their way to the Ivy League universities http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/10340
    Though what is happening right now in UCLA is many steps ahead to destruction. It is not just a donation. The same shadow men who are buying their way in the top academia are also financing hostile Muslims organizations and Islamic terror as Al Quida and ISIS. BDS is also an organization that is linked to Islamic terror. It uses again and again the old horse of the suppressed Palestinians, in order to help the final goal of world Islamic domination. It helps in the TAKE OVER OF USA. In Europe they don’t need BDS. The political leadership of the EU and national governments are already proving themselves to be willing henchmen of their own folks and own countries. Chatterjee is an Indian American and a Hindu. The BDS Islamic terror had started with the Jews and gained lot of success, now they are proceeding with Hindi, tomorrow with Buddhists and last they will throw out the Christian leadership and replace it with Ali, Achmed and Mustafa.

  • Anchal Samuel

    As a fellow Indian from India, doing his medical studies from India, I express heartfelt solidarity to you for being very much principled in this entire ordeal and not backing away. You make me glad to say that we are fellow Indians who stand with Jewish people and their right to celebrate their diversity.
    BDS will target other places soon enough. I hope in future you will work with Jewish bodies to counter it. You can do much, Milan. As a lawyer, there is potential field of work against the BDS movement which can be a good way of getting back at them.

  • Hatred has no boundaries. When UCLA has done with Jews they will have to vent their hatred elsewhere and they will destroy themselves sooner than they may ever think. Evil breeds more evil and like a virus to spreads exponentially.And we thought that students went to varsity to learn and improve themselves? Wrong, they go to varsity to mind everyone eases business. UCLA should introduce a new faculty! Come and get you Hate Degree at UCLA.

  • Steve Loeb

    Does this explain why the UC State system is a mess, rank with anti Jewish andante Israel crazies?

    “Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.”

  • They are in violation of IRS non-discrimination rules for non-profits

  • duPont

    The UC system has caved to the SJP. It is Germany all over again. Shame on UCLA and all of the UC campuses that let this go forward without taking action against it. I think that the Gov. Brown should receive a few million letters protesting this activity. They will only take action when the student population moves to other schools and abandons the UC system. Jews , Christians, Hindus, Shintos, Ba’Hais, all peaceful religions should participate in an effective boycott of the UC until such time as the Governor removes and replaces the ineffective, cowering administration. Mr. Chatterjee is a man of peace and principle. To him I wish great success. As an American, I am embarrassed by and ashamed of the UC system.

    • Yup Germany all over again but unfortunately the part is being played by Israel. Amazing that the people who suffered so much feel to entitled to treat others in the similar fashion.

  • Max

    What is happening at the UC school system is deplorable but it will not change until Jewish students organize and fight back, physically if necessary. Only then, will the UC administration understand that there are two players at the table. Protest, demonstrate and fight back and take your cue from the way Israel responds to those bent on hurting its best interests.

  • carol burstein

    Dear Mr Chatterjee,
    Thank you for not caving in to the BDS movement. Please let the public know your address. I, for one, would like to contribute to your college expenses and I’m sure others will follow. Thank you for your bravery.

  • The BDS movement along with organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are based on a sham, a lie. This is just one of many examples of how they have managed to deceive others by perpetuating lies and misrepresenting themselves by claiming they are seeking justice. They are not seeking justice at all. They are seeking the destruction of Israel, the one Jewish State, the idea of which is so abhorrent to them that they have manufactured the lie that Israel is the occupier of their land, when nothing could be farther from the truth. They are spreading these lies and harassing students who don’t buy into it. Shame on college administrations for enabling them to spread these lies and force their malevolent agenda upon others on college campuses!

  • diane

    Well said, shame on all of these two face Universities. My niece and bother graduated from UCLA I will be very embarrassed to even mention that they are graduates from there. Also well put take your knowledge and money to other universities that want you as a good productive human and let them keep the scum, because that is what these universities have become, they no longer stand for what they live by, human and moral rights. They rather keep agree and keep evil doers. I also praise you for standing for your Jewish friends. Remember the way the treat the Jewish people us also the way the treated and still treat the American Indians, sorry yo say but nothing has changed. I hope that a lot and lot of parents that do spend their hard working money to educate their kids open their eyes and do they right thing there are plenty of universities that would be more then happy to take your money and not put up with antisemitic universities.

  • Ephraim

    I am sorry for him. Unfortunately the neo-Nazis have utterly triumphed at all California state colleges and universities. Bigotry uber alles. It is ironic that schools which fought for civil rights in the 1960s have turned themselves into the same fascists the schools USED to vilify.

  • we have great respect, the greatest respect, for Milan. but, in his struggle against the powers that be at ucla, he will need strength.

    when it comes to supporting traditional American values, traditional academic values, there are few cohorts that are as cowardly and spineless as university administrators. they are, with some notable exceptions, a disgusting bunch who are capable of any betrayal and any mendacity. so, one shouldn’t expect any decency or honesty from them.

    where they demonstrate some tenacity, it is in catering to the most antinomian, the most violent, the most anti-social, the most menacing, groups. that tenacity, of course, is the product of the fears of the cowardly administrators. one can hear them privately lament the decline of the university and the uncivilized behavior of groups that terrorize them. that’s what one will sometimes hear privately. publicly, it’s all about capitulation to extremists and self-justification.

  • HP Benson

    As an emeritus professor at the University of Florida, the reputation of the entire UCLA administration has just sunk in my eyes and, I am sure, in many of my colleague’s eyes. Gene Block’s is a scar on academia, and his handyman Jerry Kang is a weakling. Best for them to be put in positions without authority.

    • HP Benson

      Please excuse my two typographical errors: colleagues’ AND Block. Thank you.

  • Leslie Cole

    Mr. Chatterjee, I am appalled at the horrible treatment you received by the BDS bigots and UCLA, which should have supported and assisted you. Sadly, UCLA’s loss is NYU’s gain. I wish you a peaceful, happy and successful year.

  • Francis Figliola

    The best way to protest, vote with your feet and money. Leave the halls of ignorance to the cockroaches!

  • The entire UC system is becoming an increasingly hostile environment for Jews. It is sad but not entirely surprising. UC Davis seems to be the worst, but only by degree.

  • racy we

    I am sorry to say that NYU is no better. They, too, force students to agree with the BDS stance. Behind BDS are high profile lawyers who are part of the Muslim Brotherhood and take care of any legal issues that come up pro bono. University presidents are afraid of even upsetting them. Students who disagree with them suffer as you have all over the U.S. There is also who money behind them, funding them, even funding the universities. I’m so sorry this happened to you but I know others who walked in your shoes, not only students, but professors too. I hope you will merit getting a brilliant attorney like Dershowitz who will take your case pro bono AND GIVE THEM HELL. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brenrod

    dumb Jews probably contribute to UCLA, california taxes supports BDS and jew abuse… meanwhile jews are funding their enemies….. the leftist muslim anti semitic alliance… no abusers and attackers of jewish children at university or school votes for Trump or the GOP…. ALL of that anti semites attacking Jews today vote democrat.

  • nelson marans

    The success of BDS at the California state colleges is deeply disturbing However the loss of the academic excellence of Jewish students who no longer will attend its colleges will be substantial along with their future donations

    • Laurie

      No, what’s more disturbing is that Jerry Brown is too much of a coward to enforce the law. BDS support is against CA and all state funded support is supposed to be pulled from campus’ that don’t enforce the law. Moonshine won’t enforce any law he’s not personally on board with so the anti semitism starts at the very top!

  • Hamanslayer

    More power to you, Milan. IMHO you ought to launch a civil suit against UCLA, and I would imagine that many prominent and extremely capable Jewish attorneys would be prepared to handle your case pro bono.

    I imagine there are quite a few Jewish professors and administrators in UCLA, who typically bend over backwards to “prove” to the world how “objective” and/or “liberal” they are. They remind me of a former friend — a prominent (non-pulpit) rabbi, who is also an attorney and a newspaper publisher, who once told me, some 10 years ago, that he was contributing financial support to Saeb Erakat and Hanan Ashrawi of the PLO because he believed that would help bring peace closer…. I stopped considering him a friend at that point, and have not spoken to him since.

    I mention this because I think that UCLA does not meet the definition of a “fine university” given this story, and that Jewish and non-Jewish students, families of students, alumni, donors and Californians in general ought to NOT MERELY CENSURE UCLA and its officers and deans — they all ought to react by announcing a boycott of the university, in order to show them what a boycott is, and does, and why their support of BdS (sic, since BS is the main characteristic of this “movement”)is totally wrong and not a matter of “free speech.”

  • Lia

    Mr Chatterjee, I’m sorry that this targeted horror has happened to you. I believe you did the perfectly correct thing in leaving because UCLA should not be thriving on your class & tuition fees. In fact, all Jewish and pro-Jewish students and groups should follow your example. Without people like you and the Jewish students, UCLA will see its donations and earnings and academic standing drop so far that it may never recover.

  • C Fineblum

    My husband and I were students at UCLA after his MIA POW liberation WWII. His rifleman status liberated France and brought freedom to our country. We are aghast at the fascist like twist that UCLA has taken buckling to tyrants, undoing the hard won gains hat my husband and his buddies won for these wretches. Shame on my alma mater.Shame

    • HP Benson

      Kudos to you and your husband for your sense of bravery and justice!

    • Thomasson

      @C Fineblum Well we are living now on a razor edge and a new war is waiting on the corner. It sounds very odd, but the way to the new war is very much the same as the one to the old one. Erik Larson’s book “In the Garden of Beasts” depicts situations that are very similar to ones of the ’30. The indifference of the American administration at what was going on in Nazi Germany is much like the indifference of UCLA to what the terrorists of BDS are doing now in their own university. Though, there is still one big difference: The Nazis were far away from American shores, THE MUSLIMS are already inside the house.

  • judith grayson

    California has become the safest place for thugs, and the illiterate, ignorant and unteachable. it is solely because we have this aberrant administration in washington that such activities could take place on our college campuses. the bigotry and hate groups flourish in these settings and grow like a fungus and a cancer that metastasizes and infects the entire student body. the assaults and intimidation the defenders of Israel, Jew and non Jew alike face each day have turned our most esteemed institutions into turgid cesspools. the administrators, boards of directors and state legislators hallucinate that they are covering up the stench but the putrid stink,just like reality, intrudes.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    The hatred and vitriol espoused by the BDS movement at many colleges and universities is a toxic element in American society. It is terribly distressing to read about an intelligent American-Indian Hindu third-year law student and former UCLA Graduate Student Association president, named Milan Chatterjee, who has to leave his studies at UCLA due to the fact that he is harassed beyond the pale by organisations, such as Students for Justice in Palestine, and not defended in any substantive fashion by the UCLA administration.

  • Phyllis Kopp

    Where is the ADL? Amcha Initiative? Stephen Spielberg?
    Barbra Streisand? This incident should be published everywhere. Why is there protection under the Constitution for everyone but Jews or people expressing pro-Israeli sentiment? Why do the hate groups have such power?
    Is there any legal recourse?
    The BDS movement is political in the worst sense of the word – This is how it started in Germany!

    • Bill Keys

      Come on. You know where they are. At cocktail cmpaign events hob nobbing with Obama(pro muslim, anti Israel) and Hiliary, the Butcher of Benghazi.

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